Baby dolphin hand-reared in South America

Last updated 12:10 18/10/2011

Related Links

Baby dolphin rescued, reared

Relevant offers

CuteStuff

Husky and dad argue over who gets to eat dad's potato skins This baby hippo learning to swim is the cutest thing you'll see all day Baby gibbon fostered by Victoria University student Boy meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement Offers flow for abandoned bulldog Too cute: Tiny meals being prepared in a tiny kitchen Five easy ways to get rid of fleas Seddon Park mosquitos take to Black Caps and Bangladesh players Meet Smiley, the blind therapy dog whose tale has won over the world An animal-friendly family album with a difference

A beached baby dolphin, found alive with its umbilical cord still attached, is being hand-reared in Uruguay.

The female La Plata dolphin was found on a beach near Montevideo city and was sent to the non-government wildlife rescue organisation S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina.

The Head of S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, has been photographed this week caring for little mammal - bottle-feeding her and taking her from her small tank at the rescue centre for swims in the sea.

It is not the first time Tesore has been pictured with a cute juvenile dolphin - pics of a dolphin rescued in similar circumstances being introduced to a rescued penguin made the news last year.

The La Plata Dolphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) is found in coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America. It is a member of the river dolphin group and the only one that actually lives in the ocean and saltwater estuaries, rather than fresh water.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Do your pets make you feel loved?

Yes

No

I don't have a pet

Vote Result

Related story: Pets help people feel loved and secure

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

CuteStuff photos

Send us your pet pics

Email yourpics@stuff.co.nz